Kaitlyn Vincie doesn’t quit.
The pursuit of her dreams began in a basement, where she filmed herself reporting the NASCAR headlines. She worked for famous Langley Speedway and became the face of their TV updates. Once she was recruited by SPEED, she absorbed lessons about social media and being a road warrior. Race Hub gave her more experience with reporting. She jumped into lighthearted Trackside and focused on drivers’ Twitter and Instagram updates. Now the Virginian blonde is delving into the new challenge of garage reporting on Fox Sports 1.
Life doesn’t slow down, and the fact isn’t lost on her.
“There were a lot of changes out of the gate,” Vincie said in a phone interview. “With the switch [from SPEED to Fox Sports 1], they were trying to find out where to place people. I’m now doing garage reporting throughout the season, and it’s helping me work towards my ultimate goal of pit reporting during races. The thing about pit reporting is that you’re there at the racetrack, and that’s what’s best for me.”
As fans see more and more of her work, it opens up the door for more interaction on social media. The mentions that flow in are a mix of positive and negative.
She is acutely aware of both. “Well, the pro is that it gets my name out there more. There are more fans and viewers reaching out on social media, and they do say some bad things, like, ‘Wow, your hair looked bad on Race Hub today.’ I think it comes with the territory. I try to show no negativity [on Twitter], and there were times I considered deleting. That’s not really an option; Twitter opens the opportunity for promotion.”
Another pro? It linked her to @Nascarcasm, a Twitter humorist who specializes in racing comedy. The two were introduced at Texas Motor Speedway. He, along with three other funny account holders, was contacted by the track to attend the race as a special guest. SPEED put the four behind a curtain, and the Trackside crew interviewed them for a segment.
“He has the NASCAR humor down pat. He’s so funny, a hard worker, definitely found his niche. I’ve met him and his wife, and they are amazing people.”
Then, while in New York, Vincie went to a live taping of David Letterman’s show and got an idea: to add the sarcasm to NASCAR reporting. She contacted Nascarcasm and asked him to do the writing, and the pilot was filmed at her house.
“I wasn’t sure of the response it would get from Fox, but then they liked it and put it on the website. [Nascarcasm] deserves eighty percent of the credit. It’s a tough balance with the serious and funny. You just have to hit it right, and that‘s what he does.”
The endeavor, coined The Mock Run, started earlier this year and was met with praise. Due to Vincie’s dive into garage reporting, the Internet show is finding a new host to carry the witty humor along. Focusing on her day job of feature reporting isn’t a picnic, either.
“There are a lot of moving pieces on Race Hub. It’s a grind. It’s hard to put together a daily show. People really rely on it for their NASCAR news. We have a very diverse group, a very great group.”
When asked about her favorite interview, she noted a July feature with Chris Clayton. The former Army sergeant served six tours in Afghanistan before following his dream of becoming a NASCAR pit crew member. Now, he works for Hendrick Motorsports on the No. 88 car.
“It’s a fantastic story,” she said. “It made for this really inspiring piece that caused you to really reevaluate your life. It’s quite the American dream.”
If anyone knows dreams, it’s her. If anyone knows how difficult it is to get into the business, it’s her. Her success is well-earned, and she learned some advice along the way. “Do not give up on your ultimate goal. The right door will open at the right time. I knew I wanted to be in broadcasting. I knocked on a lot of doors. There will be a point where the right person will believe in you. You have to articulate what you want to the person who can make it happen.”
Kaitlyn Vincie doesn’t quit, and it worked out for the best.